We have an allergy action plan. Do you?
What's an action plan?
This is an explanation of what to do in the event of an allergic reaction.
- Our action plan has Bee's information: her name, her birthdate, and a list of her allergies.
- The plan also has our information: our contact information and our insurance information.
- The plan details what to do if Bee has a reaction: what to do if she's itchy, has a rash, breaks out in hives, is wheezing, or has trouble breathing.
- The plan also includes a list of her meds with instructions on dosage and how to use them.
- Our plan has our doctors contact information and is signed by our doctor.
Why an action plan?
It's true-we don't often leave Bee. She's usually close by. But we always have an action plan with her in her Epi bag. This is for Sunday school teachers or any other caregiver. I feel more comfortable leaving Bee in someone's care (I still stay in the building), if they have a list of allergies to avoid and a protocol to follow if Bee has problems. The plan spells out what to do and who to contact if there are questions or a problem. It contains specific directions for all her meds and how to administer the Epi pen.
It's also for any emergency worker. I learned the hard way that sometimes the emergency response team or the ER doctors may think you're crazy. They might even have the gall to argue with you. But now, I just hand over my action plan and they can see all of Bee's important information. It keeps me from having to repeat the information a dozen times in an emergency and it also validates the information I tell them. If they argue with me, I tell them to take it up with our doctor-her numbers on the page and her signature's at the bottom.
You can make your own plan or use one of the plans online.
Here's a food allergy action plan and here is one for asthma. Here's a combined form for asthma and allergies and this form is from FARE's website.